Russia's Gatilov says United Nations vote on Syria sanctions negative for peace talks

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday used their veto powers at the UN Security Council vote to block the draft resolution to place sanctions on Syria over the government's alleged chemical weapons use.

The resolution prepared by Britain, France, and the United States, received nine votes in favor, three votes against - China, Russia, and Bolivia.

"When members start making excuses for other member states killing their own people, the world is definitely a more unsafe place", Haley told council members.

Mr Putin had earlier described the resolution as "totally inappropriate". "It would only hurt or undermine confidence during the process", he said.

Safronkov also pointed to the divided Security Council vote saying many council members have questions about the JIM's conclusions and the resolution.

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The resolution, which garnered nine affirmative votes, would have passed had the two nations not vetoed it.

It is Russia's seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations security council action.

Tuesday's resolution had been drafted by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France. "Both used chemical weapons", Ambassador Haley observed.

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, told the council that no one should hesitate to impose consequences for chemical weapon attacks.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi argued that sanctions were premature and that the UN-OPCW panel should be allowed to complete its investigations. Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy permanent representative, said the draft aimed to "create additional grounds to change the regime in Damascus".

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"We hope that they come here having something in mind to push the political process here in Geneva, because with this regime, we will reach nowhere unless there is a pressure and the only country that can deliver pressure on the regime is Russian Federation", he said. "There is nothing wrong with the investigation".

"The world is definitely a more risky place", she told the council after the sanctions measure was rejected.

The resolution was originally put forth by the United Kingdom and France several months ago, with the US adding its endorsement last week.

Russia's vote marks the seventh time the Kremlin has used its Security Council veto power to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from worldwide condemnation resulting from the massacre of his own people. Since then, the mechanism has identified the Syrian government as well as the armed group calling itself the Islamic State, as having carried out chemical attacks. Council members also pledged to take further measures if chemical weapons were used.

Chlorine's use as a weapon is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria joined in 2013.

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